The dictator’s dilemma: to punish or to assist? Plan failures and interventions under Stalin
Markevich, Andreĭ (2007) The dictator’s dilemma: to punish or to assist? Plan failures and interventions under Stalin. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick, Department of Economics. Warwick economic research papers (No.816).
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A dictator issues an order, but the order is not carried out. The dictator does not know whether the order failed because the agent behaved opportunistically, or because his order contained some mistake. Imperfect information creates his dilemma : whether to punish the agent, or assist her or both. This paper models the dictator’s intervention when an order fails. The analysis links the dictator’s coercive policy with the softness of budget constraints. The model is verified against the history of Stalin’s dictatorship, using statistical evidence extracted from the formerly secret records of the Communist Party's "control commission".
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953, Dictatorship -- Soviet Union, Information asymmetry, Decision making, Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953, Soviet Union -- Economic conditions -- 1917-1945, Soviet Union -- Economic conditions -- 1945-1955|
|Series Name:||Warwick economic research papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick, Department of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||44|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Belova, Eugenia, 2001. Economic Crime and Punishment. In: Gregory, Paul (Ed.) Behind the Façade of Stalin’s Command Economy: Evidence from the State and Party Archives, Hoover Institution Press, Stanford, CA, pp. 131-58.
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